AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.So how will all this marketing hoopla translate at the box office? I say the movie will sting the rest of the competition and rake in at least $40million over the next three days. Not all critics have loved the movie, but my niece and nephew, whom I use as a barometer for what kids are into, cannot wait to see “Bee Movie.” POWER PAIRING: While the kids are gonna be buzzing all about the Seinfeld movie, adults have some pretty solid options of their own starting with “American Gangster,” starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott. That’s all I need to know, really. I’m so there. “Gangster” bows in just more than 3,000 theaters, and I see it bucking the trend of fall dramas that have failed to gain traction in recent months (“Eastern Promises,” “Rendition” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”). Denzel’s box office record is as solid as anyone’s in the business, while Crowe fared decently with “3:10 to Yuma” a few months back. The R-rated “Gangster” is a shoo-in for second place with an opening-weekend haul of at least $30million. Jerry Seinfeld got boffo ratings on TV, but does he have any box office clout? We’re about to find out with today’s release of “Bee Movie,” a CG-animated flick bowing in a whopping 3,500-plus theaters. Surely you’ve heard of it. We’ve been saturated by the trailers and a variety of commercials, including some from McDonald’s and Ford, tying into the flick. But Seinfeld scored a major marketing coup when he guest-starred last week on the NBC comedy “30 Rock” in an episode that had a network exec coming up with a ratings- boosting gimmick of inserting digital images of Seinfeld into all NBC prime-time shows. Seinfeld is furious at first but is placated when the network agrees to promote “Bee Movie.” TO THE MOON: “Bee” and “Gangster” are gonna knock “Martian Child” right off the launching pad. The film stars John Cusack and seems like a sweet family drama with him playing a man whose adopted son thinks he’s a Martian. It’s booked into about 2,000 theaters, but I don’t think “Martian” will fare that well, struggling to cross the $5million mark at takeoff. YEAR-TO-DATE: As of Sunday, the year’s box office receipts stood at $7.8million, nearly 6percent ahead of 2006. But the total would be far higher if the fall season had not brought about so many disappointments. Grosses were down by 5.65percent from Sept. 4 through Oct. 28, according to box office tracking firm Media By Numbers. HOFFMAN SPEAKS: Phillip Seymour Hoffman is busy promoting his new movie, “The Savages,” and one of the cooler things he’s doing is appearing Tuesday at the Aero Theater (1328 Montana Ave. at 14th Street) in Santa Monica as part of the American Cinematheque series. Hoffman will appear between a 5 p.m. showing of his Oscar-winning role in “Capote” and a 7:30 p.m. “sneak preview” showing of “Savages.” For details, go to www.americancinematheque.com or call the 24-hour info line: 323-466-3456. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Real Madrid Champions League or bust now for Real Madrid as La Liga slips away Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:19 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(110) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División UEFA Champions League Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid Celta de Vigo Opinion Zinedine Zidane’s men are 16 points behind Barcelona in the Primera Division and will be looking to Europe in an attempt to save their season A crisis is never too far away at Real Madrid. In 2014 Los Blancos ended the year with a best-ever haul of four trophies, yet six months later coach Carlo Ancelotti was sacked. And with 2018 just underway they risk something similar this time around.Los Blancos bettered their 2014 mark by claiming five titles in 2017, the last of those in mid-December as Zinedine Zidane’s men lifted the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. A week later, however, a 3-0 loss to Barca in the Clasico left a huge dent in their hopes of retaining La Liga.Madrid were provisionally 14 points adrift of their fierce rivals prior to this weekend’s fixtures, with a game in hand due to their participation in the Club World Cup. And after the Blaugrana brushed aside Levante at Camp Nou earlier on Sunday, they could ill afford another slip-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Zidane’s side nevertheless went behind at Balaidos as Daniel Wass exquisitely chipped Keylor Navas, and although Gareth Bale struck twice to dig the champions out of a hole it was insufficient in the end as Maxi Gomez levelled late on with a header.So it was two more points dropped for Madrid and it could have been worse than that, too. Earlier, Iago Aspas had seen his penalty saved by Keylor Navas, while the Spain striker also hit the post and saw an appeal for another spot-kick waved away in the closing stages when it could easily have been awarded.Defensively, Real were all over the place in the absence of captain Sergio Ramos through injury and Gomez was left completely alone in the box when he headed the second goal for Celta with eight minutes remaining.Madrid were also carved open for Celta’s opener and on several other occasions throughout the 90 minutes. Even with Ramos out, this type of defensive display is not in keeping with a team that was the best in both Spain and Europe last season.That will be a big concern for Zidane and although the French coach will say that his side can still win La Liga, realistically that looks impossible now – especially as Barca have just welcomed back Ousmane Dembele from injury and also signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.The Champions League is always an attraction for Real and Los Blancos have made the competition their own in recent times, winning the trophy in three of the past four seasons. Now they will look to Europe for glory once again – and also to save their season.But it is extremely difficult to win the Champions League, let alone three years in a row, and the competition looks stronger this year with Barca and Manchester City on fine form, not to mention the fact that Paris Saint-Germain lie in wait for Madrid in the last 16.Real are struggling at the back against most of their rivals right now and it is hard to see on this evidence just how they will be able to contain a trident made up of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.Significant improvement will be needed, while failure to keep pace in La Liga could ultimately be an advantage if Zidane decides to rest players in the Primera Division. But one week into 2018 and all the success of last year suddenly seems to have lost its sparkle.